In late March, the C-J reported that a Birmingham, Alabama based restaurant planned to open in the PNC Plaza tower at Fifth and Jefferson Streets. Thanks to a tipster for sending in this photo that shows the new Zoes Kitchen is nearly complete and should be opening soon.
A report in Business First (subscription only) says the fast-casual chain will occupy 2,300 square feet and could be open on April 19. A former Yum! Brands executive and his wife brought the franchise to Louisville. The Mediterranean style restaurant uses ingredients like vegetables, chicken, olive oil, and feta cheese according to its web site.
It’s interesting to see spaces Downtown not traditionally associated with retail being filled up. Zoes Kitchen occupies a spot that was formerly office space, and a new Qdoba and Wolfgang Puck Express also carve out spaces for retail that weren’t planned or had been converted to office space years ago. While they are all chains, they are increasing the density of choices Downtown.
A second Louisville location is being planned at the Summit shopping center in eastern Jefferson County. Bayer Properties, developer of the Summit, also has a shopping center in Birmingham called the Summit which could explain why they are entering the Louisville market. Three more locations are planned in Louisville according to the C-J article.